With a little over two months until Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters, it’s time for Marvel to take their marketing to the next level. Yesterday, Robert Downey Jr. posted the first solo hero poster featuring everyone’s favorite armor-wearing, snarky industrialist superhero Iron Man. Now it’s time for The Hulk to shine, and he looks like he’s ready for battle.
This morning, Mark Ruffalo posted on Facebook the first Hulk-centric poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Like Tony Stark the day before, Hulk is getting ready to face off against Ultron’s minions.
His pose is almost exactly the same as it was in the group poster, but regardless, it’s obvious he’s jacked up and ready to rip into these robots with unquenchable fury. If this is a consistent pattern, then each Avenger will likely get their own poster in the coming days (perhaps this is when we’ll get our first official reveal of Vision)? Ultron and Nick Fury may also be featured by themselves, though the latter is only said to cameo in the film.
Although the Hulk was the second MCU character to get a solo film, The Incredible Hulk didn’t meet the studio’s expectations, and since then he’s been relegated to the Avengers films. However, Ruffalo signed a six-movie deal with Marvel when he joined The Avengers. Bruce Banner’s cameo in Iron Man 3 doesn’t count as an official appearance, so after Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ruffalo still has four films left to appear in, two of which will likely be the Avengers: Infinity War movies. So while the chances of the Green Goliath getting another solo movie are slim-to-none, expect to see more of him in Phase 3 and possibly Phase 4.
As for Avengers: Age of Ultron, going from what’s been seen in the previews and and mentioned by those involved, there will be no shortage of Hulk action in the film, whether it’s the movie’s opening scene or Hulk facing off against Tony in the Hulkbuster armor. Director Joss Whedon also stated last year that Bruce Banner/Hulk will be have a big part in the film. Since he no longer has a solo franchise, these team-up films are the only chance to flesh out the character, as we remember from The Avengers, the audience loves them some Hulk!
Avengers: Age of Ultron will hit theaters on May 1.